As it happened: Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa: Astounding Villa defensive display sees them take victory
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23:02a year ago

Villa amazing performance

Final comment here, and Villa will be going back to Birmingham very happy with their performance tonight. Always looked a threat on the counter, and worked incredibly hard for that despite the tight margins! Can they finish in the top 6 this season?
22:56a year ago

Full time!

It ends 0-1 to Aston Villa here after a quite fabulous defensive performance! Southampton will feel aggrieved after a clear penalty shout early on and a VAR offside decision that might quite possibly be the closest ever seen! Great game!
22:54a year ago

Ings denied by absolute margins!

I can't actually believe how close that was! The VAR lines were so close they were pretty much on top of each other. The commentator on sky joked that if the Saints weren't wearing black armbands in tribute of a former club president it would've been a goal. Astounding!
22:48a year ago

6 mins added time!

Is there still something in this for the Saints?
22:44a year ago

Astounding rear-guard action from Villa!

Southampton had a succession of 3 clear-cut chances and Villa blocked every one, one after the other. That was pure defensive brilliance! Wow.
22:38a year ago

Villa holding firm

Excellent defending fro. Villa now, really limiting Southampton to very little, and they still look dangerous on the counter-attack. 10 mins to go now.
22:28a year ago

Che Adams denied!

What a chance for Che Adams who got in behind Villa's defence from a free-kick, but Martinez made a fantastic save!
22:21a year ago

Che Adams on

30 mins left now.
22:21a year ago

Walcott now injured as well

Theo Walcott is being forced off here with what looks like a hamstring injury. When it rains, it pours for Southampton. They've been completely riddled with injuries to key players of late.
22:18a year ago

Ibrahima Diallo injured, Djenepo comes on

Looks like Djenepo has now gone to right-back with Ward-Prowse back in midfield.
22:11a year ago

Ward-Prowse free-kick

Ward-Prowse sees a free-kick blocked by the wall and receives a yellow card for attempting to stop Villa's resulting throw-in.
22:02a year ago

Second half underway

Can Southampton come back into this? They haven't scored in open play in 6 and a half games now. They get us back underway.
21:43a year ago


Jack Grealish picks out an exceptional cross to Barkley who heads home! Villa have upped it and reap the rewards! Great play by former Saints defender Targett as well!
21:41a year ago

Watkins denied by McCarthy!

Aston Villa's first real chance and Watkins found some space in the box and got a low driven shot on target, only for McCarthy to save! That looked a top chance!
21:33a year ago

Bertrand shoots wide!

Southampton are edging it now, and are looking good in possession. The ball fell forBertrand after a Villa clearance and he just puts it wide of the near post.
21:24a year ago

Fairly even so far

It's been quite balanced so far, but Southampton have had the better clear-cut chances and will certainly feel aggrieved at the penalty not given. It's a fascinating watch! 
21:12a year ago

Penalty shout denied for Southampton

The ball hit Cash's hand and I expected that to be given! VAR says Villa indirect free-kick!
21:02a year ago

Kick off!

The game has kicked-off!
20:37a year ago

Both team pushing for Europe

Saints and Villa have both had exceptional campaigns so far and are in the running for the European places. Both teams have improved drastically from last season, and both teams play attractive, attacking football. I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to this one!
20:23a year ago

Where to watch

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports tonight for fans in the UK. 8pm kick-off time. 
20:21a year ago

Last time out

The reverse fixture in early November was perhaps one of the most entertaining games so far this season, it ended 3-4 to Southampton with Villa coming back with 3 goals after being 0-4 down. Can we expect another entertaining match-up tonight? Two very attacking teams.
20:21a year ago

Aston Villa looking to push on

Villa lost 3-2 to Burnley in midweek, and are level on points with Saints with less games played. They'll be looking to extend that gap with an impressive win tonight. 
20:16a year ago

Can Southampton get back on track after a dip in form?

Saints have only one win in their last seven games in the Premier League, and have had a huge drop in goals recently. They'll be looking to get back to their best selves tonight.
20:11a year ago

Team news in!

Southampton: McCarthy, Diallo, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (c), Armstrong, Redmond, Walcott, Ings.


Aston Villa:  Martinez, Cash, Konsa, mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, Mcginn, Traore, Barkley, Grealish (c), Watkins.